Virginia, Texas A&M headed to College World Series
Charlottesville, VA (Sports Network) - One out away from elimination, Virginia came up with a stunning victory.
Chris Taylor hit a two-run single in the bottom of the ninth to lift the Cavaliers over UC Irvine, 3-2, in the decisive game of the Charlottesville Super Regional. The win secured top-seeded Virginia's spot in the 2011 College World Series.
The teams had split the first two games of the Super Regional. UC Irvine used an eighth-inning rally to top Virginia in Game 2 to force Monday's game, and the Anteaters looked like they were on their way to another late victory.
With the game tied after eight innings, Drew Hillman grounded into a double play with runners on the corners, plating Sean Madigan for a 2-1 lead.
UC Irvine's Matt Summers took the mound in the bottom half and retired the first two batters. However, David Coleman and Jared King singled before Reed Gragnani walked, loading the bases.
Taylor then singled up the middle to get the tying and winning runs home and extend the Cavaliers' season.
Kenny Swab homered for Virginia, while starter Will Roberts gave up a run in 7 1/3 innings. Branden Kline allowed the run -- unearned -- in the ninth, but recorded the final five outs to grab the win.
D.J. Crumlich went 3-for-4 and scored UC Irvine's first run.
Texas A&M 11, Florida State 2 (Tallahassee Super Regional)
Tallahassee, FL (Sports Network) - Kevin Gonzalez hit a two-run double in a six-run first inning, as Texas A&M routed Florida State, 11-2, to advance to the College World Series.
Florida State had forced Monday's decisive game after recording a 23-9 rout in Game 2 on Sunday.
But Texas A&M grabbed control in the first inning and never looked back. The Aggies put their first three men on base before Seminoles starter Hunter Scantling walked Jacob House to force in a run.
Scantling was pulled after that, but Texas A&M took advantage of the situation, rallying for six runs. The Aggies held an 8-0 lead after two innings and provided plenty of run support for Michael Wacha, who earned the win after giving up only two runs in 7 1/3 innings.
Adam Smith hit a two-run homer in the victory.
06/13 23:18:03 ET